What to Do and Not Do with Your Estate Planning Documents

What to Do With Estate Planning Documents

Creating and executing estate planning documents is just the first step. Once you have completed the documents, you need to know what to do with them. All estate plans should include, at minimum, two important planning instruments: a durable power Read More …

Estate Planning Is Even More Important for Unmarried Couples

Estate Planning Single Couples

What do millennial and aging couples have in common?  Trends are showing that more older couples are choosing to stay unmarried, despite being in long-term committed relationships. Most married couples understand the importance of estate planning to transfer assets and Read More …

Inheriting a House – Blessing or Curse? Key Areas to Consider and Plan For.

Do You Want to Inherit a House

We usually think that inheriting a home, a lake house, a plot of land or any real estate is a wonderful blessing, and it can be. However, without the proper estate planning, inheriting real estate from your parents also has Read More …

Bringing Up Estate Planning During Your Holiday Visit

Talking ABout Estate Planning to Parents

Do you worry your parents don’t have their estate planning in order? Are you unsure how to tactfully approach the subject of wills, trusts, beneficiaries, retirement accounts, living wills, power of attorney, medical power of attorney and long term care Read More …

Estate Planning: Considerations When You Have a Stepfamily

Estate Planning Step-families

Ideally, when a second marriage joins two families together, it should be a joyous occasion that creates one bigger blended family unit. Unfortunately, when the estate plan lacks clarity, it too often also creates inheritance fights between stepparents and children. Read More …

Don’t Give Your Home to Your Children to Protect it from Medicaid

Don't Lose Your House to Medicaid

Many people fear losing their home if they have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. They believe that they can preserve their home by transferring it to their children prior to applying for Medicaid. Transferring a home Read More …

Without an Estate Plan or Will, Aretha Franklin’s Estate Held Up in Probate Court

Leave a Legacy Not a Predicament

According to court documents, legendary singer Aretha Franklin did not have a will when she died, opening up her estate to public scrutiny and potential problems. Failing to create an estate plan can cause lots of headaches for heirs, in Read More …

Understanding the Different Types of Power of Attorney in Ohio: 4 Main Types of POA

Power of Attorney Document

A power of attorney is a very important estate planning tool.  Power of attorney (POA) is a legal document in which you give someone else the authority to act on your behalf and most states will accept powers of attorney Read More …